Bruce’s situation is like many we encounter today. The 80-year-old veteran usually had no trouble getting by on his monthly budget, but things suddenly changed when his wife was unexpectedly hospitalized for a few weeks before Christmas. A big bill sent his financial situation into a downward spiral, and they quickly fell behind on utilities and other bills.
For a man who gave so much for our country, here he was – stressed and concerned not only for his wife’s health and ability to recover, but also whether they would have enough heat for the colder days ahead.
Bruce reached out to our Community Services program, where he connected with a CCNH caseworker who was able to assess his situation and his family’s needs. Having a relationship with a number of community resources, she quickly linked them up with several agencies where they could apply for fuel and other assistance to get them through their crisis.
Given that these types of applications often take time to process, she was also able to provide them the immediate assistance they needed, giving them peace of mind and ensuring they didn’t have to spend any nights in the cold without heat.
Whether someone is stuck in a cycle of hardship – or facing crisis for the first time ever (like Bruce) – your support allows us to listen, understand, and explore every avenue possible to find the best path to brighter days ahead for those who are struggling.